Grays Peak and Kelso Ridge Loop

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Grays Peak and Kelso Ridge Loop is a 13.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Silver Plume, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
13.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,980 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wildlife

hiking
26 days ago

I did this trail anti-clockwise and I think if you are planning to hit the Kelso ridgeline this is the only way to do it.

I found the Kelso ridgeline fairly challenging, but definitely the most rewarding part of the hike. Pretty straight forward for the most part, there is a small wall about half way up, and a knife edge towards the top before you summit Torreys. Definitely a class 3 scramble.

The rest was pretty easy and great views from both peaks.

trail running
1 month ago

Very well trafficked trail. All uphill and the steepness starts around 5m. I did the route clockwise and made it to Grays peak moments before the clouds socked in the peak(just after 9am). As I continued to Torreys the clouds got thicker and sight went no further than 40-50 ft out. The trail up to Torreys rides the edge of the ridge to the peak. Once I was at Torreys peak the ridge that lead to Kelso was narrow and had extremely steep drop offs to both sides. With the lack of sight it made me a bit nervous so I took the shortcut back just below Grays and continued down the route I came up. It wasn't super crowded but there were a fair amount of groups out to conquer a 14er.